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Free Support Groups for Parents of Newborns

***Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have transitioned most of our weekly new parent support groups to Zoom video conferencing. To register for one of the groups below, simply click the registration link in the listing. The link to participate will be shared once registration is complete. Participants do not need to register much in advance, as registration takes under a minute; however, each participant does need to do so in order to participate, as links are individual and cannot be shared.  Please check back for updates about additional groups via Zoom.

Offered by the Center for Early Relationship Support®all parents with a baby (or babies) under the age of one are invited to attend our FREE new parent support groups.

Our new parents groups (formerly known as "new moms groups") provide safe and nurturing spaces for mothers and/or fathers with their babies to give and receive support, ask questions, and begin building a parent community. 

Since 1989, our new parents groups and services have been empowering parents to find what works best for them and for their babies. All CERS support groups and services are non-sectarian and open to all parents in the community. Please let us know if you require any accommodations to participate. 

Allston/Brighton New Parents Group 

(Portuguese and Spanish speaking group)
Fridays, 10:30 a.m. - noon This group is currently on hiatus. 
St. Anthony's Church
43 Holton Street
For more information, call Jacqueline Caceres at 781-693-5022.

Arlington New Parents Group 

Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Register for the video support group. 
Calvary United Methodist Church
300 Massachusetts Avenue
There are 3 floors in the building. If you use the elevator, push the button for the first floor, not the second. If you are not using the elevator, enter the door facing Linwood Street and proceed straight down the hall and through the double doors.  We are in the large room on the right.

Brookline New Parents Group 

Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Register for the video support group. 
Temple Ohabei Shalom
1187 Beacon Street
Temple Ohabei Shalom has two entrances (office entrance on Beacon Street and the preschool entrance on Marshall Street). Please enter via the office entrance on Beacon Street. Ring the bell, announce that you are coming to the New Moms group, and you will be buzzed into the building. The group is held in the library.

Cambridge New Parents Group 

Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Register for the video support group. 
Congregation Eitz Chayim
134-136 Magazine Street

Dorchester New Parents Group 
(Parent Café: Conversations with Parents and Infants) 

Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. This group is currently on hiatus. 
Epiphany ELC
230 Centre Street
For more information, contact Jen Roberts at 781-434-9544. 

Jamaica Plain New Parents Group 

Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Register for the video support group. 
Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library - Community Room 
30 South Street

Medford New Parents Group 

Tuesdays, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Register for the video support group. 
Medford Family Network (at Medford High School)
489 Winthrop Street
Come straight up the driveway toward Medford High School. At the left hand corner of the building is a fenced-in children's play area. The Medford Family Network is right there (the only purple door in the building) with a large round sign with the MFN logo and name. You can park anywhere across the street (one long row of parking spaces). There is a ramp up to the door for strollers, and a doorbell to gain entrance.

Melrose New Parents Group 

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. - noon. Register for the video support group. 
Temple Beth Shalom
21 E. Foster Street

Newton Twins and More Group 

Parents of Twins, Triplets, and More: Come share the unique experiences of parenting more than one baby.
Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. This group is currently on hiatus. 
Eliot Church
474 Centre Street
For more information, please contact Diane Gardner at dgardner@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-1351.

Sharon New Parents Group 
Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Register for the video support group. 
Temple Israel of Sharon
125 Pond Street

Waltham New Parents Group 
(Portuguese and Spanish speaking group) 
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. - noon This group is currently on hiatus. 
Temple Beth Israel (Behind Hannaford Supermarket)
25 Harvard Street
For more information, call Jacqueline Caceres at 781-693-5022.

Postpartum Depression Support Group: “This Isn’t What I Expected” 

For mothers suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety.
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Register for the video support group. 
JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street
For more information, please contact Debbie Whitehill at dwhitehill@jfcsboston.org or 781-647-JFCS (5327) x1925.

Watertown New Parents Group 

Fridays, 9:15 - 10:45 a.m. Register for the video support group. 
Watertown Family Center 
Phillips School
30 Common Street

New Adoptive Parents Support Group

Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Register for the video support group. 
First Church in Belmont
404 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 



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